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Megatron

by marksman

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Date Published

May 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

2.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

941 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

Description

This is the render slave "Megatron" to my main workstation "Optimus". Currently working on building "Bumblebee" to join the battle :-)

Optimus: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ptYrxr

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Xtrem04 1 Build 29 points 46 months ago

Everyone is like "Oh my gosh awesome computer" , but we are forgetting the REAL MVP here, the shelf that is holding that beast of a PC. I applaud your hard work Shelf. Hang in there buddy.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 5 points 46 months ago

Haha thanks man. The whole thing made me nervous but it seems to be holding up pretty well.

lachie_mcd 1 Build 14 points 46 months ago

even steve jobs approves of these windows beasts

sprinter461 8 Builds 7 points 46 months ago

Somebody needs to wipe the drool off Steve Jobs chin...

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geogeodude 4 points 46 months ago

"This is the render slave"

If this is a slave, then what is the master ._.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

tpb1908 hit the nail on the head. Other than rendering 4-5 times faster, the slave is also meant to relieve my main comp so I can still work. It's pretty agonizing not being able to use the comp for hours at a time haha.

My main rig is a 3930k, rampage iv extreme, 2 x gtx 980 SLI, 32gb ram, 2 x 256 ssd, 2 tb WD data CM v8 cooler, and CM 1000w silent pro gold. Storm Stryker case

akula2 1 point 46 months ago

CM cases rock, use many of them in my Workstation builds.

I always wanted to buy transparent side window for that case. But in the last minute I didn't go for it. How much did it cost you?

Greatly done, keep it up. Steve's picture is priceless.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I currently work and live and Brazil, so the cost is twice as much of what you'd pay there. But it was around 200 bucks for this window. A bit expensive but no regrets at all.

I got lucky and found a guy out here that makes these windows. I browsed around the internet and just realized how uncommon it is haha

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henrychan 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

screw them, build a cluster.

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jnewell01 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

+1 Sick

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

:-)

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

awesome, bet this thing does work

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Yea man, it renders about 4-5 times faster than my previous setup!

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Holy helll man, your definitely getting done what you need to in a zip.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

It increased my render times in Vray by about 4-5 times. Really happy about that :-)

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Nice work.

If it's a slave to your main workstation, then why a expensive GPU?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Good point, but I had it in my main workstation, and ended up switching it out for 2 x gtx 980s to get better CUDA core performance. If I didn't have it left over, I definitely would have gotten something less.

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Zeoheart 1 point 46 months ago

Possibly for PhysX or the cuda cores. Idk tho haha

NTCR 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

speechless 0_0

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

:-)

Vitacomp 1 point 46 months ago

I have to ask because no one else has yet...what's with Jobs up there?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

I admire his work ethic and philosophy. Kind of nice to have it up there to remind me of the "big picture" once in a while

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MightyMango 1 point 46 months ago

Steve Jobs secretly a Windows Spy?

Godzlegend1 1 point 46 months ago

I'm loving the transformer theme! It's a very noticeable transition from the single monitor you had before. I'm in love with the entire rig..... +1

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks! Yea it's crazy looking back at those pictures of my first rig haha

EvZ_2 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

How did you do the transformers emblems? - i'm a big fan and they look awesome! props

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks man! I got it on amazon. 10 bucks each! I spliced it into a molex splitter

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086YM1L8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I was GOING to say, how this is probably modeled off of Barnacules Nerdgasm's "William" machine, except his has dual 6 core processors..not dual 12 cores..holy..

Very nice build, and setup.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Thanks man! Watched that video before I built this one. Definitely helped guide me

sprinter461 8 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Did you get a hernia lifting that monster up onto that shelf?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

It was a terrifying experience haha

ryan2pro 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

You ever scared that these things will turn into big ole robots out of no where ??? Cause i am.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I'm actually more scared of the shelf collapsing haha. Putting another support in tomorrow

east711 1 point 46 months ago

Jeez, what do you do for a living?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

I'm a 3d artist

Liam81 1 point 46 months ago

So I took a look at Marksman's first build and it is a $2,400 X79 build but he stole the GTX 780 reference card from it for this slave build. So my question to Marksman is what GPU do you now have in your main machine?

Do you publish any of your work?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Haha nice catch man. I put 2 x gtx 980s in my main rig for the CUDA cores.

Liam81 1 point 46 months ago

You are killing me !!

Can I come over ??

Wow !!! +1,00,000

kevinmattox 1 point 46 months ago

I've yet to see an acrylic Cosmos 2 door mod with the exact oem honeycomb detail like yours has. Could you kindly share any info on how I could obtain such a fine piece of acrylic goodness for my Cosmos 2 build??

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I lucked out and found a guy making them on the internet haha. I'm in Brazil though

kevinmattox 1 point 46 months ago

Haha. Guess I will ask around on some forums then. Thanks...

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JOE77 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Great build! Your GTX 780 - was that the $1099.99 on Amazon?

How does one get USB 3.1 - for the external storage etc? (I like at least 10 USB ports <grin>

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

It was actually around 750 when I got it 2 years ago. I put 2 x 980s in my main rig and used the left of 780 for the node.

JOE77 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

OK sounds great. I'm looking at this - as my primary rig and the 2x980 <excellent ratings on Amazon> same as you use.

Question - the MOBO has no USB 3.1 listed in the specs - any suggestion for USB card(s) that may fit?

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

This is so ******* satisfying

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

:-)

angerthosenear 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

How are you liking the mobo? I'm thinking of using the D16 version in my next build. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/angerthosenear/saved/pj4hP6

Still a work in progress (few things are just placeholders for now).

Very nice build. Is there anything you would think of changing now that you've build it?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

It's great man. Everything installed and worked much easier than I had expected. I'm not familiar with the d16 so I can't give my opinion on it. All I know is that this build works, really well.

BTW, your ram and case are not compatible with the mobo. You need Registered ECC memory, like the one I have in my build.

angerthosenear 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Are you sure you must have Registered ECC? I know sometimes you can use non-ECC memory on some server motherboards. I know they say it needs Registered ECC, but kinda hoping it's not a requirement.

If it absolutely cannot work with non-ECC, I guess I'll swap to ECC.

Do you so happen to have some non-ECC sticks you could test it with? I'd greatly appreciate it.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

I'm almost positive you need Registered ECC. I'd love to help you out man, but everything is working well and stable and I don't want to tamper with it haha

angerthosenear 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Alrighty then, I'll swap my memory over to that then. Yeah, no reason to tear your build apart again. Thanks for the help!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Good luck man!

markolbb 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I was going to ask the same question-- I'm thinking of building this mobo with 2x E5-2640v2's (can't afford the big boy CPUs like y'all have haha). "Megatron" is basically my next build on mad steroids-- wish I could go as big as you did! Great work.

Angerthosenear - I was also hoping to get the NZXT H630 (but in black) but it is listed as incompatible. Do you know if the stock H630 can accommodate this mobo?

Edit BTW, according to Newegg this mobo supports both ECC and non-ECC unbuffered RAM. Can't say I know for a fact it's correct, just letting ya know what Newegg says. Thanks.

angerthosenear 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Sorry for the slow reply.

Technically the H630 would NOT fit the mobo - but only due to one thing. Standoff positions. It's the same size as an E-ATX motherboard. Just need to drill/tap some holes and you are good to go.

I'm now eyeing that new In-Win 909 case.... so pretty.

Shashwat 1 point 46 months ago

+1 For totally not creating an overkill build worth more than $7500.....

Nah, but seriously...holy crap! Great build man!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Haha thanks man!

plasma94587 1 point 46 months ago

TH IS YHJERYP[]

JOE77 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Hi Marksman, " I put 2 x 980s in my main rig" very nice. They look far more reliable that Titan-X IMHO.

What MOBO do you have in your main rig - the same or X99?

Joe77

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks man! I have an Asus Rampage iv Extreme.

JOE77 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks for the info Marksman. Asus Rampage iv Extreme - Another great choice. It has decent Amazon ratings of 40/5 (40-five star to five-1star. If more than 10% one stars - then it is a problem to me).

Why the dual CPU route this time - only two ratings this far? The leading edge can become the BLeeding edge. If you could redo everything - would you go the Rampage route MOBO?

I'm attempting to once again to assemble another dream machine for Win 10 this time (no budget limit except to stay in touch with sanity of some kind). The primary goal is reliability and high speed along with 4K monitors - to be used mainly for video and photo editing. Gaming a distant 3rd. This is one reason that I like this build - no liquid cooling. New faster CPU's are to be released by Intel in June - using far less power and who knows what else. It is great that Intel CPU's have a very low failure rate. The Titan-X and Z GPU's besides speed have relatively few ratings bordering uncomfortable. Again I like your GTX 980 as a far more proven product. Thanks for posting. joe77

Revosok 1 point 46 months ago

Congrats on making it onto the top ten most expensive builds on this site.

Godzlegend1 1 point 46 months ago

I'm sorry I just gotta ask... how did you get the emblem? Like the Decepticon.... I wanna know!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Amazon! They were like 10 bucks each haha

Godzlegend1 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks!

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

You paid $790 for a GTX 780!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I bought it when it first came out like a year and a half ago haha. Was originally in my other build, and was replaced by 2 x 980s

FH100 1 point 46 months ago

Awesome, someone finally made a build with that motherboard and posted it here. Looks great.

So, got to ask as it's been bugging me: How's the clearance between the CPU heatsinks and those (MOFSET?) golden heatsinks? Any chance you have a picture of it and maybe a measurement of the clearance? Even just a "there was some good clearance when I assembled it"... Been looking for that info but ASUS doesn't mention it anywhere...

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. Everything went together without any hassle whatsoever. Not even a bit of worry about clearance for me while building.

FH100 1 point 46 months ago

Just what I wanted to hear.

Thanks for the info!

Vdub547 1 point 45 months ago

Now you just need to cool both Xeons with Liquid Nitrogen and then lets see that puppy preform. "sinister laughing while plotting something insane, like OC at -125 degrees C".

sir_ 1 point 45 months ago

This is really Sick man lovin it! Also quick question I saw those decepticon and autobot plates on the front of your monsters do you know where I could find those or were they custom made. Currently in the process of building a PC concept car look and design to my next build and I thought that would be a nice touch to drive it home.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Hey man! Thanks a lot. They were like 10 bucks each on amazon haha. here you go! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086YM1L8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00

let me know if you need any advice. Peace!

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

What kind of rendering do you do? As in commercial, personal, etc?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I have no time for personal stuff haha. I do mostly commercial stuff, but usually smaller images like 4-5k at 300 dpi.

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Cool. With beefy computers like these, I love to see their full potential being used.

YvesSchouwaerts 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Damn **** Holy **** that's like everyone's dream

syaekhudin 1 point 44 months ago

I want to ask about the transparent side panel. stuff it in a mod or buy? if you buy where to buy it? if the mod if I can buy the item?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I got it from a local guy out here in Brazil.

SEC9_BIGFOOT 1 point 43 months ago

Man... if only you'd waited for the 980 TI to come out. Dual up 2 of those bad boys and you're set for the next 10 years.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I only use this machine as a render slave, which only uses the CPU. My main rig has 2 x 980s. 980tis would be nice though.

SEC9_BIGFOOT 1 point 43 months ago

True. That would be awesome.

akula2 1 point 43 months ago

It deserves many more hundred votes. Sometimes I wonder what members think before they vote? Jealous?

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

haha :-) Thanks man

belhadj 1 point 43 months ago

u should had the two cpus wced u'r putting 240 watt of heat on the 2 cpu

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The Noctuas keep them pretty cool. Haven't had any problems with overheating, and I push them VERY HARD.

billyboy 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Why not use GPU rendering instead? More effecient and much much faster.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

For realtime rendering perhaps, but for final production rendering CPU is the way to go.

billyboy 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Why? better quality? I have no expertise in this field.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I'd really like to know what kind of workload this machine is needed for...

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

It's a 3d render slave

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

May I ask which kind of work are you rendering? Is it on 24/7? I'm just not familiar with these things and I'd like to understand that kind of workload more, thanks!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

3D renderings. It's on maybe 6-7 hours at a time, but it can handle way more :-)

piccolo289 1 point 41 months ago

can it play minesweeper @ 144p?

AddisonKwong 1 point 40 months ago

May I know wut u use to hold those 27 inch monitors?

MexicanChexMix 1 point 38 months ago

why do you have a picture of Jobs above your windows PC

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Because Steve Jobs' work ethic inspires me.

hyperthehedgehog 1 point 37 months ago

Has a picture of Steve jobs

Builds a PC.

Reptilan 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

That's it. Henceforth, I'm naming my builds after Transformers

16TTek 1 point 32 months ago

Hey I am building a similar build but blue themed same CPU or should I say CPUs same ram motherboard how is rendering with those xeons ? Great build!!! Poor shelf tho :( anyways great build +1

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The rendering is amazing... I have a 3930k on my main workstation. Literally... what took 5 hours to render now takes 1.

Thanks man!

16TTek 1 point 32 months ago

Wow that's pretty damn fast I am upgrading from my LG's 771 zeon build!!! 4 core so this should be good!!!

DDR4worx 1 point 31 months ago

Glad someone has money

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Steve Jobs pic in the corner.... watching you.

Revosok 0 points 46 months ago

I just started puking rainbows. Last time this happened it took an hours to stop. I guess your build is too boss for me.

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Haha :-)

ankousmachine 2 Builds 0 points 46 months ago

w00t dual exeon finally someone made a dual cpu computer!!!!!!!!! amazing justs absoulutly amazing best ive seen so far!!!!!!!!!!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks man!

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marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Haha no problem man. It's very sturdy. I bought the brackets, wood, and drilled 12 x 10mm anchors into cement blocks.

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marksman submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks man!

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Revosok 1 point 46 months ago

Normally I wouldn't say anything about this, but just make sure you aren't insulting anyone when you comment.

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Revosok 1 point 46 months ago

No, the staff deleted your offensive comment about the Muslim God.

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Revosok 1 point 46 months ago

And I quote: "[comment deleted by staff]". How about you go in the corner and think about what you did wrong.

Hmian 1 point 46 months ago

I'm outraged that this comment hasn't been deleted yet by the pc part picker staff.

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mshafi1001 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

LOL HAHAHA, That link made my day !!!!

marksman submitter 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Haha I actually watched the whole thing through even though I've seen it a billion times

phosphor_yellow 1 point 46 months ago

same

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Liam81 1 point 46 months ago

You may get more thumbs up than the build.......... Well, maybe not. But appreciated.

JoeMasterEgyptianBoy 1 point 28 months ago

W.hat T.he F.uck is this build !!? he should get (2x) 1070's for 824$ instead of a s.hitty 780ti for 790$

jonik9595 1 point 27 months ago

Do you understand when he build this pc? It was in 2015. Bruh no 1070s existed looool

JoeMasterEgyptianBoy 1 point 27 months ago

oh oh ! ok i forgot lol

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